The trailblazing Robert Daniels wrote, directed, and performed in 26
half-hour shows of the national children's cable television series "Festival!"
He has the distinction of being the first and only deaf person to have
his writing repre¬sented on network television ("St. Elsewhere,"
NBC) in which he also appeared in the character he created. He wrote
and directed the play detailing the deaf African-American experience,
"I Didn't Hear That Color," which toured the country to much
Daniels also wrote Hand in Hand, Foot in Mouth: The Unmusical
which enjoyed a six-week run at Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles. Audiences
remember his critically acclaimed performance in the one-character play
Am I Paranoid? also at Deaf West. He wrote and directed
the interactive plays deaf: as in Deaf and Berthas
Big But as a part of the Forging Connections series at Gallaudet
which dealt with community building and diversity-related issues.
Daniels performs around the country with his one-man stand-up comedy.
He has emceed a host of productions and events, including the opening
ceremonies for the 1985 World Games for the Deaf in Los Angeles and
numerous national deaf college bowls all over the U.S. Stage credits include the Broadway and national touring productions
of "Children of a Lesser God, and the Hollywood productions
of "Twelfth Night" and "Scarecrow. Additional
directing credits include the Gallaudet University productions of "The
House of Blue Leaves," and "The Nerd."
As a deaf culture facilitator and sign language teacher, Daniels served
as consultant on the telefeature, "Helen and Teacher: the Miracle
Continues" with Blythe Danner, Mare Winningham, and Perry King;
"Cagney & Lacey" with Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless; "TJ
Hooker" with William Shatner; the film version of "Children
of a Lesser God" with Piper Laurie; and the stage smash, "Hands
of Its Enemy" with Richard Dreyfuss and Phyllis Frelich. He also
provides adaptation and sign language consultation services for numerous
stage plays. His efforts won him an Ovation Award, the Los Angeles equivalent
of the Tony, for his adaptation work on A Streetcar Named Desire
at Deaf West Theatre.